I began volunteering at the British Dental Association museum in January of 2019, whilst hunting for my first permanent job in the heritage sector, after completing my MA.
The experience of volunteering gave me a chance to throw myself into a variety of projects where I could demonstrate my passion for museum work. I was involved in exhibitions and displays, accessioning, photography and in-depth research.
The experience of volunteering at the BDA also resulted in my first research paper for the British dental journal and sole responsibility over a large archive collection.
This is the value of volunteering, you learn so much more about what you're truly capable of and get to work alongside supportive and dedicated professionals.
As a volunteer at the BDA I enjoyed being part of an enthusiastic team and getting involved in every aspect of museum life.
I have since accepted a job offer in the heritage sector and will embark on a professional career but I will never forget the skills I learnt as a BDA volunteer!
Olivia Gambold, BDA Museum volunteer
The BDA Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the UK. Spanning the 17th century to the present day, highlights of the collection include dental chairs, drills, oral hygiene products, and the infamous 'Waterloo' teeth. Pop in and see for yourself, or find out how you can help support the BDA Museum.